Bp. Szabó, György
György Bp. Szabó was one of the movers and shakers of the Hungarian underground scene of the ’80s both as a graphic designer and a musician. He was born in Budapest in 1953 and studied typography at the Hungarian University of Arts and Design, from where he graduated in 1982. He studied under Sándor Ernyei, János Kass, Ernő Rubik, and Péter Virágvölgyi. As a graphic designer he mostly worked on posters. In his works, fine art and music complement each other closely: he was always interested in how the two can naturally connect.
During the ’80s, his main interests were industrial music and graphic design: he played in the band Electric Petting with György Soós, and from 1983, he started Bp. Service. They played industrial music composed of electronic and acoustic noises, “with a great energy, and an even greater uproar.” In their performances, visual effects also played an important role. The goal was to transform the sounds of the city into a kind of “noise music”: among other creative solutions, they were using aluminum foil and shopping carts as instruments. One of their concerts was recorded by the radio in 1986, and even more extraordinarily, they actually broadcasted 15 minutes of the material. Their posters were made by Bp. Szabó, and he decided to preserve copies of them. As they were always playing with at least 4–5 other bands, he also had easy access to their posters, and eventually, he started to ask around among his graphic designer friends for additional ones. He also wanted to create a music voice archive, and while this latter plan could not be realized, his poster collection eventually included 5–600 pieces. Because of their rapid accumulation, it also became evident that they should do something with the posters. However, this was only possible after the transition: after several separate displays, they held a joint exhibition in 2017 using the collections of György Bp. Szabó and Tamás Szőnyei. They also published a book featuring these posters, titled Pokoli Aranykor (Infernal Golden Age, after an URH song). Fourteen of them total, and eight by Bp. Szabó, even made it to MoMa (New York), and are now part of their collection.Meanwhile, Bp. Service remained active during the ’90s, when their records were released by Bahia, Weast, and the Tone Casualties. In 1992, Bp. Szabó became a co-owner of A.R.C. Studio, and in 1994, he started his own graphic studio (Bp. Studio). In 1996, he moved to Los Angeles, where besides doing concerts, he was a graphic designer at the animation studio Klasky Csupo. He also worked as an art director, first in 2004 at the Crew Creative, and from 2005 at Cleopatra Records. In 2015, he moved back to Budapest, where he works as a fine artist.
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